In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, though, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the top guitarists, pianists and bassists, today we focus on the female vocalists. Although ther ... More >>
People get lazy in the summertime, but it's time to wake up: The fall theater season is only weeks away, and Denver Center Theatre Company tickets are now on sale. The focus may be on The Book of Mormon, which opens today in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, but when Mormon leaves, the DCTC season ... More >>
Denver Center Theatre Company Artistic Director Kent Thompson has chosen his 2012-13 lineup. It contains some safe choices, some doubtless designed to appeal to high schoolers, the requisite Christmas show (not A Christmas Carol this time, but White Christmas), two scripts selected from this year's ... More >>
It's going to be a holly, jolly Christmas with Michael Buble's new collection of holiday classics.Michael Buble put out a killer Christmas record, and it could not have come at a better time. While the charts are currently flooded with dance-pop beats, synthesizers-laden hooks and auto-tuned ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>
Jonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood (Nonesuch) Pop stars who try to establish themselves as serious composers are typically asking for trouble, embarrassment or some combination thereof. Think of Billy Joel: Even though he's spent much of the past decade focusing on classical music, fans who turn u ... More >>
We're dreaming of a real holiday musical.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells a classic tale.
Ethan Iverson, keyboardist for the Bad Plus, had a lot more to say than could be squeezed into the profile that appears in the May 24 edition of Westword. But the web has plenty of room -- so here's the full Q&A. The topics discussed include the reasons behind the title of the combo's new CD, Prog; ... More >>
Wherein we find the coining of our new favorite word: Jew-pergroup.
Waltzing through the past
All Alone (MAXJAZZ)
Live at the Village Vanguard (MAXJAZZ)
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.
The bouncy I Love a Piano celebrates Irving Berlin's songwriting legacy.
What does old-fashioned patriotic music mean in a newfangled war?
Annie Get Your Gun aims high and misses badly.
You're Sensational: Cole Porter in the '20s, '40s, & '50s/Cole Porter Centennial Collection, Volume 2 (Indiana Historical Society/Koch International Classics)
The Aggie Theater may trade the PA for pool tables.
Part one of a pre-millennial salute to the music that made America sing.
You just can't help falling in love with El Vez.
Feb. 26 - Mar. 4, 1998
Are Denver listeners getting the radio they deserve? A Backbeat investigation.
Hardrock Gunter: From rockabilly pioneer to insurance agent to rock-and-roll legend.
TONY BENNETT IS GETTING OLDER--AND BETTER.
The Velvet Underground, Big Star, Guru, The Drop Nineteens